sun wine and food fest


Uncork the legacy

Celebrate 20 years of Sun Wine & Food Fest with 20 events across four days.

It’s time to celebrate the art of winemaking at our spectacular, 20th annual Sun Wine & Food Fest. Join us for a vibrant and immersive experience where wine enthusiasts come together to explore and discover a world of flavors. Watch live demonstrations and engage in lively conversation in the company of fellow connoisseurs! This weekend will be filled with 20 events to commemorate the anniversary!


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Michelle enjoying the crowd
Chef puts arm around another chef
Todd English cooks pizza
Chef pouring whiskey on steaks


Sun Wine & Food Fest is your chance to sip and sample your way through endless vintages and signature dishes, incredible showcases and tastings during a four-day affair across the Uncas Ballroom, Earth Expo & Convention Center, and restaurants across the property.


From elegant whites to robust reds, the Sun Wine & Food Fest offers a diverse palette that caters to every preference!


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Some of our favorites returning!


Personalities are subject to change.

Schedule of Events

 Thursday, January 25th

5:00pm | TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge TAO Dim Sum →

7:00pm | Todd English's Tuscany The Todd English Experience →

8:00pm | Sun Patio Sun Patio Ice Bar Experience →

8:00pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar Barrels of Beam Featuring Laphroaig Tasting →

10:00pm | Aquai Litchfield Distillery Farm to Table →

Friday, January 26th

5:00pm | TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge TAO Whisky Dinner | Group A →

5:15pm | TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge TAO Whisky Dinner | Group B →

6:00pm | Earth Ballroom Beam Suntory Presents: Whiskeys of the World →

10:00pm | novelle Toast with the Host featuring Loverboy Sparkling Hard Tea →

7:00pm | Earth Expo Center Grand Tasting Preview →

9:00pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar Spirits & Cigars presented by Mohegan Sun's Barrel Select Program →

Saturday, January 27th

Noon | Earth Expo Center Grand Tasting →

4:00pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar Exclusive Antique Collection Tasting →

4:00pm | Earth Ballroom Vintage Cru →

6:00pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar Exclusive Pappy Van Winkle Tasting →

7:00pm | novelle Dos Hombres Mezcal featuring Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul →

8:00pm | Uncas Ballroom Celebrity Chef Dine Around →

10:30pm | Avalon Nightclub Celebrity Chef After Party →

Sunday, January 28th

11:00am | Uncas Ballroom Brunch with Martha & Friends →





Limited Availability
Designated Driver Tickets Available to Grand Tasting Events


TAO Dim Sum

TAO Dim Sum

5:00pm | TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge

Embark on an exquisite culinary journey with our TAO sake and dim sum tasting experience. Take in the artistry of our skilled chefs and gain valuable insights from experts in the field as they craft a delectable selection of bite-sized delights, alongside a carefully curated selection of premium sake. Enjoy an evening of culinary exploration, where each bite and sip transports you to the heart of Asia. This event is brought to you by Worldwide Wines.

The Todd English Experience

The Todd English Experience

7:00pm | Todd English's Tuscany

James Beard Award Winner and renowned celebrity chef, Todd English, will be hosting a sit-down feast for the senses, featuring a meticulously crafted menu that celebrates the finest ingredients and flavors from around the world. From the first bite to the last, savor the artistry of Todd's culinary expertise paired with incredible wines.

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Sun Patio Ice Bar Experience

8:00pm - 10:00pm | Sun Patio

Experience the thrill of sipping your favorite cocktails in a truly unique setting – the Sun Patio Ice Bar hosted by Waypoint Vanilla Vodka & Baileys Chocolate & Patrón Cielo! Sip on handcrafted cocktails expertly mixed by our skilled bartenders, from classic favorites to innovative creations, there's a drink for every palate.

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Barrels of Beam Featuring Laphroaig Tasting

8:00pm - 9:30pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar

Elevate your palate with the exclusive pairing session, Barrels of Beam, featuring Mohegan Sun’s limited Barrel Select Program. These barrels are hand-selected for Mohegan Sun and bottled for service. Tasting offerings include Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek Rye, Knob Creek Bourbon, and Laphroaig paired with a complimentary Macanudo cigar. Sip and savor a carefully curated selection of these fine spirits, guided by our experts.

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Litchfield Distillery Farm to Table

10:00pm | Aquai

Immerse yourself in a farm-to-table dining experience like no other. Connecticut distillers and chefs collaborate for an incredible farm-to-table experience. Enjoy a variety of spirits from Litchfield Distillery, which uses local farms to harvest the crops used in their batching process.


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TAO Whisky Dinner

Group A at 5:00pm or Group B at 5:15pm | TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge

Elevate your dining experience with our TAO Whisky Dinner. Step into a world of elegance and sophistication as we guide you through the exquisite flavors of Japanese whisky paired with a delicious three-course meal at TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge. Renowned for its craftsmanship and precision, Japanese whisky has captured the hearts of connoisseurs worldwide. As you sip and taste, our experts will explain the craftsmanship behind each pairing. This event is brought to you by Brescome Barton's specialty collection of Japanese Whisky.

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Beam Suntory Presents: Whiskeys of the World

6:00pm - 9:00pm | Earth Ballroom

Indulge in an evening of refined taste and timeless elegance at Whiskeys of the World! Partake in a memorable night filled with the finest selection of aged spirits from America, Japan, Scotland, Canada, and Ireland expertly curated and paired with tasty bites to delight your palate. Discover the rich history and craftsmanship behind each bottle as you mingle with fellow connoisseurs and savor the complexities of exceptional whiskeys. From smooth, peaty notes to robust, oaken flavors, this event promises a journey through the world of whiskey like no other. Raise your glass and toast to an unforgettable experience of sophistication!

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Grand Tasting Preview

7:00pm - 10:00pm | Earth Expo & Convention Center

Come to the exclusive Grand Tasting Preview, a tantalizing glimpse into the upcoming event that promises to delight your senses and elevate your appreciation for fine wines. Experience a curated selection of vintages, beer and spirits thoughtfully chosen to provide a sneak peek into the depth and complexity that awaits. Delight in a preview of the rich flavors, subtle aromas, and exceptional craftsmanship that will be showcased in the main event. Also, be sure to taste dishes from highly rated restaurants around the region and watch celebrity chef demonstrations throughout the event. This is your chance to sip, savor, and anticipate the extraordinary as you get a taste of what's to come. Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a remarkable wine adventure ahead of the Grand Tasting event. Restaurants will be offering small samples while supplies last. Full plate offerings are available for purchase.

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Spirits & Cigars presented by Mohegan Sun's Barrel Select Program

9:00pm - 11:00pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar

Partake in an exclusive pairing session with the Whiskey Guardians featuring Mohegan Sun’s limited Barrel Select Program. Savor a carefully curated selection of top-shelf spirits expertly poured by our knowledgeable mixologists. Tasting offerings include Bulleit Bourbon, Eagle Rare Bourbon, Elijah Craig, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, Knob Creek Rye, Knob Creek Bourbon, Patrón, Whistlepig Piggyback Rye and Waypoint Barrel Aged Gin tastings paired with a complimentary Macanudo cigar. The luxurious Clay Pipe Cigar Bar provides the perfect setting for you to unwind, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and enjoy the timeless pleasure of a fine cigar and whiskey pairing.

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Toast with the Host featuring Loverboy Sparkling Hard Tea

10:00pm - Midnight | novelle

Toast with the Host takes over Sun Wine & Food Fest for a memorable evening of drinks and conversation with our esteemed hosts, Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula from Loverboy. Whether you're a fan of their TV appearances or just looking for a great time, this event promises a fantastic blend of entertainment and socializing. Their stories, experiences, and insights are sure to entertain and inspire. Enjoy a variety of Loverboy drinks while Kyle and Amanda serve and entertain from behind the bar! novelle opens to the public following the event.


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Grand Tasting

Noon - 5:00pm | Earth Expo & Convention Center

Embark on a sensory journey through the world of wine at our exquisite Grand Tasting. Get ready for an evening of discovery and delight as we sample more than 1,000 varieties of wine, beer, and spirits, each a masterpiece in its own right. Engage your senses as you swirl, sniff, and sip your way through endless flavors, from crisp whites to bold reds. Also, don’t forget to taste delicious plates from highly rated restaurants and elite chefs of the region and learn from the celebrity chef demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Whether you're a seasoned oenophile or a curious novice, this event promises an immersive experience that celebrates the artistry of winemaking. Cheers to an unforgettable evening of taste, conversation, and the joy of wine. Restaurants will be offering small samples while supplies last. Full plate offerings are available for purchase.

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Exclusive Antique Collection Tasting

4:00pm - 6:00pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar

Transport yourself back in time with our Exclusive Antique Collection Tasting. Travel through the history of fine spirits as we unlock the flavors and stories behind some of the world's rarest and most coveted bottles. Our collection of antique spirits is a treasure trove of liquid history, and we invite you to join us for a truly unique tasting experience. Featuring a selection of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bourbons and proprietary in-house infused cigars.

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Vintage Cru

4:00pm - 6:00pm | Earth Ballroom

Step into a world of opulence and timeless taste at Vintage Cru, where you will engage in an enchanting evening dedicated to the art of aging and savoring the most delectable wines from all around the world. Immerse yourself in the allure of perfectly cellared vintages, each bottle telling a story of its own alongside the winemakers who cultivated them. Indulge in a symphony of flavors as you explore the nuanced profiles and aromas that only time can craft. With an ambiance of refined elegance, this event is a tribute to the connoisseurs who appreciate the finer things in life. Let history unfold in your glass and create unforgettable memories in the company of fellow wine aficionados. Wine is available for purchase with shipment directly to your home. Each guest in attendance will receive a $50 iGourmet gift card at the conclusion of the event!

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Exclusive Pappy Van Winkle Tasting

6:00pm - 8:00pm | Clay Pipe Cigar Bar

Step into the world of rare and exceptional bourbon as we present an exclusive opportunity to savor the iconic Pappy Van Winkle whiskey collection. Experience the Exclusive Pappy Van Winkle Tasting and taste one of the most sought-after bourbons, guided by Katy O’Donnell, the Buffalo Trace Distillery National Brand Ambassador. These highly sought-after bourbons, known for their unmatched quality and depth of flavor, are a testament to the art of whiskey-making. Featuring a selection of Van Winkle Distillery Bourbons and proprietary cigars infused with Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year bourbon.

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Dos Hombres Mezcal featuring Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul

7:00pm - 9:00pm |

What compelled two accomplished American actors to journey to a remote Mexican village? It was their profound affection for mezcal, not merely for its inebriating qualities, but for the genuine enthusiasm they both shared for this lesser-known spirit. Aaron introduced Bryan to mezcal, and as close friends and co-stars, they were determined to introduce tequila's enigmatic and less renowned counterpart to a broader audience. Their eagerness to illuminate this captivating hidden treasure aligns with their industry's enduring commitment to propelling undiscovered talents onto grander stages.

Ignite your senses with a Dos Hombres Mezcal Tasting hosted by none other than Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.

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Celebrity Chef Dine Around

8:00pm - 10:30pm | Uncas Ballroom

Elevate your dining experience to new heights with our Celebrity Chef Dine Around, where culinary excellence meets star-studded glamour. This unforgettable evening features more than 20 celebrity chefs who are masters of flavor and innovation. Immerse yourself in a multi-course culinary journey that fuses artistry with food, as chefs showcase their signature dishes and creative expertise paired with a wine, beer or spirit. Experience a feast that tantalizes your taste buds and sparks conversations, all in the company of fellow food enthusiasts. This is your chance to savor the same delicious dishes that have graced the tables of the world's most discerning diners. Prepare for a night of unparalleled elegance, culinary mastery, and the kind of memories that only a celebrity chef's touch can create.

Celebrity Chef After Party

Celebrity Chef After Party

10:30pm | Avalon

Celebrate Sun Wine & Food Fest at most exclusive after party in town, sponsored by J Vineyards. After an evening of culinary delight, the festivities continue in Avalon Night Club as we gather for a night of fun.


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Brunch with Martha & Friends

11:00am - 1:00pm | Uncas Ballroom

Experience the perfect Sunday Brunch with Martha & Friends hosted by Kalen Allen. Enjoy a morning of culinary delights, where you can savor gourmet cuisine and witness captivating live demonstrations from true culinary experts! Sip on cocktails as the queen of hosting shares her secrets, cooking techniques, and personal stories. Let Martha make your Sunday truly special!



Don't miss out on these Sun Wine & Food Fest hotel packages!

Each offer includes:
- An overnight stay in one of Mohegan Sun's luxurious hotel rooms
- The comfort of knowing you won't need to rely on someone to be your designated driver
- Admission for 2 to one of the following events (depends on hotel package selected):
Grand Tasting Preview, Grand Tasting, Celebrity Chef Dine-Around or Beam Suntory's Whiskeys of The World

Stay the night and enjoy to the fullest!




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A huge thank you to our sponsors!


Please Note

Must be 21 years of age or older to attend the event. Valid ID and ticket/wristband required upon entry at all events.